Ronald’s sister Nellie prepared the family genealogy in 1932 almost 20 years after the death of her parents Archibald and Mary McDonell. Nellie (Ellen Elizabeth) had not been to Canada since 1901 when she immigrated with her parents and brother John (Jack) to Minnesota. So when you see these charts you will be amazed for her grand-niece thinks she did a wonderful job and the family is truly indebted to her for her efforts.
Nellie prepared a long piece of paper with the family descendants for both Archie’s family on the left and Mary’s on the right. This piece of paper was too big to store without creasing it so it was scanned into the computer in 3 sections and gently separated into two.
Some time after Nellie had prepared this chart her niece Miriam rewrote it creating two charts one for Archie’s side and one for Mary’s side of the family. There are minor differences between the charts.
So we started with Keith’s grandfather Archie’s side of the family presenting the chart by featuring it in the post dated June 17, 2011 and titled Nellie’s Charts: Her Father Archie McDonell’s Family. In the following posts dated June 30, 2011 A Mystery - Roy Macdonnell and July 8, 2011 Glengarry in Ontario etc. there was a discussion about Archibald’s origins and family.
Now we will feature Keith’s grandmother Mary McDonell’s side of the family.
Click on the chart below and it should open up larger for you to read. Remember to hit the back arow to return to this post.
If you are a descendant of Alexander John McDonald and Ellen McPherson please copy and enjoy but remember credit goes to Nellie McDonell (first chart) and Miriam her niece (second chart).
The research on the McDonell family has been based on these charts and so far on Mary’s side of the family the names listed and families can be traced in the Canadian census well into the 1900′s and probably beyond. The challenge is the spelling of the name McDonell/McDonald which can vary greatly.
The focus of the research has been on tracing Keith’s grandparents Archibald and Mary and their life journey. In future posts the siblings of Mary will be discussed as best we can.
Archie and Mary left the area of Chichester and Chapeau in 1901 and migrated to Bemidji, Beltrami Co., Minnesota, to be with their children. The family story is that the children of Archie and Mary felt they were getting to old and convinced them to migrate to the United States.
The St. Alphonsus Church has many of these families listed in their records of marriages, deaths and baptisms. There are films at the Family History Library for this church and the registers are on Ancestry.com. See the post dated March 23, 2010 Records of the St. Alphonsus Church for more information.
The book compiled by Elaine Brown on the St. Alphonsus cemetery located at this church also lists many of these individuals. http://www.personainternet.com/etbrown/alphonse.htm
If you are descended from any one of these families by all means say at least “hello” by leaving a comment or contacting me through the compiler page listed at the top of this blog.